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she of the hot chocolate mix
15 August 2012 @ 11:05 pm
I finally decided it was time for a fanfiction masterlist.

Not much is new, but at least it's organized! Stories are archived first by fandom, then chronologically.

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she of the hot chocolate mix
04 February 2013 @ 07:46 pm
Impracticality Put to a Stop

by Cecilia Johnson

Sometimes it's difficult to write about hot-button topics, simply because many people hold strong opinions and may seem to be more educated about the issues than oneself. However, the death penalty is one contemporary issue that I have had the opportunity to study in-depth, and I've come to some conclusions about it that I think could make a difference in today's society. I disagree with the death penalty, but not for the reasons that most do; however, there are serious consequences for the use of capital punishment that I believe are worth the discontinuation of the practice.


To be frank, I don't have qualms about the morality of capital punishment. It's a holdover from British rule in colonial times and has been debated for centuries in the United States--yet the grounds on which I would discontinue it do not have to do with the right or wrong of the practice, but rather with the practicality of the whole ordeal. I disagree with the way it's being handled today, since cases generally must proceed through the ranks of a lengthy appeal process, costing the state government billions of dollars annually ("Death Penalty"). Not only do the cases consume valuable tax dollars and the time of attorneys/employees involved, so do the execution procedures themselves.

Because of the enormous drain on resources that the death penalty entails, there must be some kind of reform in how these cases are handled. The first option to come to mind is the overhaul of policies concerning capital punishment; however, since many legislators aren't terribly eager to associate themselves with such a controversial issue, it's unlikely that any changes toward this end will come to pass in the near future. Therefore, it might be best simply to dispose of the practice entirely, not for a moral cause, but for pragmatism.

Furman v. Georgia 408 U.S. 238 (1972), a case that made it all the way up to the Supreme Court, asserted that the death penalty should not be enforced throughout the U.S., but predominantly not for the reasons that many have rejected it. Only two of the justices of the Supreme Court, Justices Brennan and Marshall, explicitly asserted that the death penalty was morally wrong (Carte). Justice Stewart, on the other hand, denounced capital punishment for a different reason: its arbitrary nature.

No matter how many idealistic initiatives to prevent crime pop up in the near future, there will always be misconduct in our world, whether it occurs on the streets or in corporate America. The death penalty is a serious deterrent to potential law-breakers, but it's impractical in ways that probably will not be fixed by the system. Therefore, it should be abolished in favor of the safety of federal and state resources. When it comes to recompense for gross offenses, life sentences will have to do.

Works Cited

Carte, Lief H. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. Ed. Kermit L. Hall. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.
Death Penalty Information Center. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty

This blog post is an official entry for the Law Blogger’s Scholarship, sponsored by The Law Office of Joshua Pond, http://www.joshuapondlaw.com
 
 
she of the hot chocolate mix
01 January 2013 @ 05:22 pm
...this is sort of a list to remind myself of my to-watch list, etc. But it is also a sort of social post to share what's up with me and TV these days! Since I haven't put the time into upkeeping a scrapbook this year, this'll kind of serve in lieu of that. Follow the cut for some loaded lists. Thoughts And Everything will be added eventually as well.



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feelings: goodgood
listening to: Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
 
 
she of the hot chocolate mix
12 November 2012 @ 12:08 am
MEME  
Stolen from weber_dubois22!

1. What's your favorite candle scent? Mint or anything citrus.
2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister? Holland Roden? She'd be adorable to hang out with.
3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother? Jimmy Fallon.
4. How old do you think you'll be when you get married? Twenties? Early twenties, hopefully? I really have no clue.
5. Do you know a hoarder? Not really. I mean, a lot of friends keep a lot of things, but not to the point that I'd call them hoarders.
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listening to: Marina & The Diamonds
 
 
she of the hot chocolate mix
30 September 2012 @ 08:06 pm
wonderful, beautiful things that are available right now:

• Bitterblue - Kristin Cashore

• Once Upon a Time - Season One

• Sherlock - Series Two - Netflix

• Doctor Who - Series Seven


things that are coming out in October

• October 2: Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan

• October 6: Merlin - Series Five

• October 8: Halcyon - Ellie Goulding

• October 16: Pines - A Fine Frenzy

• October 19: The First Time - Limited Release

• October 19: Community - Season Four
 
 
she of the hot chocolate mix
21 September 2012 @ 06:57 pm
Rick Riordan giving away spoilers? It seems too good to be true, but he had a Twitter Q&A fest today apparently and:

• WE WILL SEE CALYPSO AGAIN! whaaaaat. probs not in MOA, but who knows.

• We can look forward to knowing book four's name at the end of MOA.
• P/A's gray strands in the hair thing will be answered in MOA.

• Reyna was born in Puerto Rico.


and liked it but wasn't blown away? Logan was perrrrfect if a little hard to connect to. But that's Charlie, so. The whole film had so much sex and drugs and references to sexual abuse that I pretty much felt sick the whole time, so I don't think I'd see it again. I noticed that Patrick's "be aggressive!" line at the football game from the trailer wasn't included and that made me happy. because he actually liked and knew football and that was some gay stereotyping right there!

Anyway, I got some advanced screening passes and saw it for free on Tuesday :D The main reason I'm really happy I went is because I discovered not one but two small movie theaters that were showing awesome indie and smaller-scale pictures that I've been wanting to see since reading about buzz on the Internet and in Entertainment Weekly. case in point:



Doesn't it look great? I'm really looking forward to it.


In other news, I'm super tired right now but loving this song and life. I read Beowulf for my Brit Lit class and it's now one of my favorite things; I'm severely too busy with two jobs and two schools but it's a good kind of severely too busy. Except for the fact that I had two tests today and am not happy with how I did on either...but it's okay because I can make it up! Thank goodness it's Friday.
 
 
listening to: controversy - prince
 
 
she of the hot chocolate mix
06 September 2012 @ 08:09 pm
as'flkjas;gkha;glahsgljkahkdjhga;dhjkgakjghladkjgh, so I got a fic-on-a-postcard postcard from antistar_e just now in the mail and :D! It's this, like, magnificent Teen Wolf/Harry Potter ficlet and features all of the characters and sorts a few and it's incredible. How did I not know that she's seen TW? I just had to come on here and make a squee post because day-maker, she is one.

Thank you Elizabeth! :D :D :D
 
 
listening to: timing is everything / lights
 
 
she of the hot chocolate mix
22 August 2012 @ 06:57 pm
title: It's You Who Brings The Morning
fandom: Teen Wolf
characters: Lydia Martin, Allison Argent. Fierce girls being bffs ♥
notes: Companion to This Is Where I Build My Home.



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